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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Myopia

April 20, 2012
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Michael asks…

Problem with eye strain, ghosting vision, star bursts…. Looking for advice.?

If I look at an alarm I get faint parts of the same image suspended horizontally above the image. Even in medium lighting conditions and looking at a sheet of paper I can see black letters suspended above the other ones. I see decent size star bursts at night and when I read a taco bell menu it’s hard to read far away because of so much blur/slight ghosting going on. Image quality is also not optimal at night reading on a computer screen. This occurs in each individual eye.

Vision over correction helps the ghosting or blur in medium to good lighting conditions but still creates ghost images in certain contrasting colors and there is still ghosting or blur when my pupils are big in the dark looking at led lights especially.

I’m 24. I’ve tried RGP contact lenses for a month and they didn’t seem much better if any better than a high prescription glasses. They also bugged my eyes and dried them out so I couldn’t get a consistent vision. Eye drops didn’t help at all. The person that prescribed my RPG contacts said my eyes were rough and my most recent optometrists with soft contacts says I don’t have dry eyes. Sometimes my eyes are really dry and sometimes they aren’t. But they usually are usually strained and sometimes dry.

I’ve had this problem since probably before 17 years old of course I don’t know when it all started because I used to avoid getting glasses even though I started having myopia around 13 years old.
I also suffer from anxiety and constant stress. I use to try to do alternative eye exercises/stress relieving techniques because I really really didn’t want to be stuck with glasses for the rest of my life. I used to be paranoid about my vision because I noticed how bad my breathing, blinking was and how strained my eyes were. That according to these alternative gurus is really bad so I’d get compulsively worried about it. I did this on an off for several years until I said enough is enough. No matter what I did I still had lots of stress and I couldn’t get rid of the annoying visual disturbances or improve my vision. I was afraid I was responsible for my vision getting worse despite my efforts.

Since then I have been stressed about my own stress (breathing and blinking poorly and other strain symptoms) OCD like. I may be OCD but I haven’t been diagnosed yet with that. I’ve tried anxiety pills of different sorts but none have worked so far.

I’ve gotten over the whole alternative medicine thing although I still feel like stress is making my vision worse. I guess it’s hard for me to get over it if I don’t know what really is the problem.

Could this problem be mostly stressed/anxiety related or is it mostly because my eye has perhaps higher order abberations? Should I do a topology on my eye or an MRI on my brain? I think the visual problems can’t just be all in my head because I see a slight difference in blurring between my eyes. I also can see better through a pinhole both near and far distances unless the lighting is really good. My eyes are always tired and stressed and don’t get better when I go through phases of trying to ignore looking at stuff or paying attention to my problem. I’ve asked several doctors about this and they’ve mostly shrugged it off. To me it really effects my life and because of my paranoia with my vision it means a lot to me to know what is the problem and then know how to deal with it or just accept what is wrong.

Sorry for the length, but just simply saying I have blurred vision and I want to know the cause of it is not descriptive enough to give the fair amount of information needed to respond appropriately to my circumstance.

admin answers:

The problem with stress is that it affects everything else and you end up in a viscous circle. Contact wearing time I’ve alwasy found goes down if I’m stressed. Also medications for anxiety can affect the eyes in particular dryness or ability to wear contacts. ITs very difficult for anyone to sort out if you have a physical problem on top of anxiety when you are suffering this degree of stress.

Dry eyes can be caused by dehydration, particularly if its intermittent and computer screens are also bad for drying out teh eyes. I’d also say that being on teh computer constantly is a wonderful way of raising your stress levels.

RGP contacts do take more than a month to get used to , but that doesn’t include vision quality. I also don’t see that ghosting can be an issue with stress unless you are imagining the problem.

My suggestion would be that you use the soft contacts outside and try and get some fresh air and exercise at least twice a day. That is quite helpful I’ve found for all sorts of eye problems as it rests the eyes and its also really good for stress. I don’t know where you live but if you can get somewhere with good views it makes a difference. If you can join a local walking group that might help as if there is something slightly off with your eyesight it helps to have someone else distract you otherwise you concentrate on it and it gets worse and tehn you start to get stressed.

I’m sure thsi problem is solvable but you need to sort one of your problems at a time. Possibly your stress levels first. After that its a question of finding a sympathetic optician prepared to trial various sorts of lenses. Not all opticians are equally helpful, but it does help them if you can present your problems in clear short sentences. Good luck.

Ken asks…

how can i reduce myopia naturally ?

i have been wearing glasses for about 5-6 years now (left eye: -1.75 right eye: -2.00)
i would like to know if there is anyway to reduce these powers, an eye exercise tips would do.
i need help, thanks in advance

admin answers:

A 2005 review of scientific papers on the subject concluded that there was “no clear scientific evidence” that eye exercises were effective in treating myopia.
In the 1980s and 1990s, biofeedback created a flurry of interest as a possible treatment for myopia.
Study Abstract:
Twelve young, low myopes were trained to control volitionally their accommodation responses and to achieve clear focus on visual targets moved progressively outward in optical distance. The trainees participated in from 15 to 40 daily training sessions (mean = 28 sessions). All demonstrated volitional control with varying degrees of control authority. Though three of the trainees were unsuccessful, the group achieved a statistically reliable extension of their far points. Post-training optometric examinations were reliably improved over pre-training examinations, but did not appear to be commensurate with the large gains in far-point extension. It was hypothesized that the learned skill may have been ‘instrument-specific’, i.e. It might not fully generalize to significantly improved post-training binocular performance unless it were accompanied by clinical assistance to transfer the training.

Also think about second sight which is an improvement in near vision that may develop in aging as a result of increasing refractivity of the lens nucleus related to development of a nuclear sclerotic cataract and with your slight myopia it is very luckily to start at the age of 40 and you wont need glaces sooner or later afterwards for a while till you need a reading glaces in older age.

Good luck

Sandra asks…

Is there a way to reverse myopia/nearsightedness (besides surgery)?

I know its caused by eye strain from reading and i know for sure that was what caused mine. Mine is only fairly minor. I dont see things super blurry but its like the difference between a standard deff tv and a HD tv. I avoided wearing glasses for years to avoid making it worse while my sisters got worse, mines stayed the same so i think its possible for me to undo the damage. Is there an easy eye exercise i could do? and do pinhole glasses work at all to make anything better? I heard its inconclusive on if they help any so the FDA doesnt support claims.
when i wear glasses i dont like the effect it has on my vison. Its hard to explain. It makes me feel like everything moves faster? Thats one reason why didnt wear them. Why has my vision not gotten worse but my sister is nearly blind without her contacts?

admin answers:

I already answered your question here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Agdac0W8fp3qsyrQhf3sT17sy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20110828220203AAoIsML

Eye strain from reading does not cause myopia. And as I said, eye exercises do not work.

I’m not sure what part of this you don’t understand. Everything you are still putting forward is wrong.

From: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001023.htm
“There is no way to prevent nearsightedness. Reading and watching television do not cause nearsightedness. In the past, dilating eye drops were proposed as a treatment to slow the development of nearsightedness in children, but they have never been proven effective.

The use of glasses or contact lenses does not affect the normal progression of myopia — they simply focus the light so the nearsighted person can see distant objects clearly.”

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EDIT: you are not your sister.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises

April 19, 2012
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William asks…

What are some good eye exercises?

I spend heaps of time in front of the laptop and sometimes my eyes get tired and certain things become fuzzy or hard to focus on.
Usually I just close my eyes for a few minutes and it gets better and I also know this thing where you put your thumb close to your eye, focus, stare at something a but further away, focus and then something far away and keep repeating a few times which is meant to strengthen your eye muscles. Are there any others you know that work?

admin answers:

Its not strengthening your eye muscles here. Your eye muscles actually work less when you look further away. What you need to do is refocus your eyes onto the distance when you do a lot of close work such as on computer screens as it stops your muscles getting tired. Bit like stopping when walking up hill when your legs get tired. All you need to do is look at something in the distance every half hour. You should alos have intervals in teh day when you use your eyes exclusively at distance for at least an hour. E.g. Take them for a walk in the fresh air.

Note that computer firms do not consider laptops suitable for long term use adn if you use them all day health and safety require you to be provided iwth either a seperate keyboard and mouse or a seperate screen or both. Apart from your eyes you can end up with all sort of neck injuries ( very painful)/back ache if teh whole postioning isn’t right. It is a complete myth that computers damage your eyes long term. They do strain them and you need to compensate for this.

David asks…

I just did some eye exercises, and the back of my eyes hurt when i move my eyes. Is this normal?

Like is this normal? Can anyone give me some answer that dosen’t invole an optometrist?

admin answers:

When you run for a long time you legs began to hurt don’t they ? Is that normal?

Daniel asks…

I need some free eye improvement exercises. Online if possible?

I have 20/50 and 20/100 vision….. Could someone give me some eye exercises?

admin answers:

Go to wwweyesightmiracles.com try it out.
Good luck.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises

April 18, 2012
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Michael asks…

do eye exercises really work to fix short/near sightedness?

or is it just a scam to make your eyes worse?

if true then what kind of exercises work?

thanks

admin answers:

Some exercises really do work, while some others do absolutely nothing.
In the worst case, they’re a scam because they take your money in exchange for something that doesn’t work, but they won’t make your eyesight worse. It simply will stay the same.
It’s actually quite easy to detect a scam. Just look at the way they’re advertised: if they promise to fix your vision problem quickly and without effort, they’re a scam. If they’re overly enthusiastic and it looks like they’re advertising the latest miracle diet-pill, it’s a scam. If it costs a lot, it’s surely a scam.
Since most methods have those characteristics or are a hundred years old (like the Bates method), I’ve never really thought of starting a visual training method. But one day a found a book that despite a horrible and pretentious title (“The secret of perfect vision”) was actually very serious and contained a lot of explanations not only about the exercises, but also about how the eyes work, the causes of nearsightedness and other important physiological aspects which are extremely important to know. I decided to try it and so far I’ve improved my nearsightedness a lot, from -3.75 to -1, and I’m not finished yet.
The big problem of this or of any other method that really works, is that it takes a long time and great patience, while most people want immediate results without any effort. Of course it’s much easier and quick if you’re only mildly nearsighted, but in any case you can’t expect to fix your eyesight in a month.
Here’s the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Perfect-Vision-Prevent-Nearsightedness/dp/1556436777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254924159&sr=1-1

Nancy asks…

Is it true that you can eliminate the need for glasses through doing eye exercises?

Like many people my age I have had to wear reading glasses for some time and I hate doing so.

In recent years I have seen advertisements for training courses which classes which claim that they can teach you to do away with your glasses.

Has anyone done such a course and if so how was it ?

admin answers:

No, 66% of the eyes power comes from the cornea, which is rigid and cannot be altered. The other 33% comes from the crystalline lens which over the period of our life continues to grow and eventually inhibits our ability to see near objects (presbyopia).

Hence it is impossible to correct your vision problems by means of “exercises”

EDIT: Rajinder, no offense but you are talking absolute rubbish. There is no way that eye movement exercises, nor homoeopathic methods such as drinking your own tears will change your vision. In fact in regards to the latter, tears are drained through the nasolacrimal duct into the posterior of the nasal cavity and subsequently the throat. So everyone in effect are “drinking” there tears constantly for the duration of their lives.

I fail to see how you can discount information that is common knowledge in the optometric profession on the whim of personal experience. Optometrists & Ophthalmologists have made countless studies into this and have come up with nothing. In fact the most comprehensive study on this matter stated:

“Small controlled trials and a large number of cases support the treatment of convergence insufficiency. Less robust, but believable, evidence indicates visual training may be useful in developing fine stereoscopic skills and improving visual field remnants after brain damage.”

This implies that eye exercises have been proved to improve the motility of the eye, not the refractive error. Henceforth re-enforcing my argument.

Also if you are going to take so much time to correct me, please take the time to spell my name correctly.

Sandra asks…

Does doing eye exercises really help your vision?

I am nearsighted and was wondering if they’d work.

admin answers:

Not for nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is caused by the shape of the front of your eye and/or how long your eye is. Exercises can’t change those things, sorry. :)

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Your Questions About Google Images

April 17, 2012
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Carol asks…

Google Images?!?!?!?!?

Ok so i have a blogger..where you make a blog.
and you know how on google images tehre are always pics of peoples things and stuff and then it gives a link to their website.
well I was wondering how do they get theirs up there and how can i make it where some of my pictures make it on google images?
and also if one of your images from your blog is on google images do you get to pick the one that goes up on there?

admin answers:

I, myself has my pictures in my blogs available at Google Images

It is already automatic that if you have a blog and you have images on it, the images are already part of Google Images…

If your pictures are not in Google Images then check if your picture has a name, then if it has a name, try putting in that name in the Google Images Search Engine. Surely, you will find you’re images because all pictures from around the world are in Google Images…

Chris asks…

google IMAGES?

On google images, How do you paste your own picture?? And another question, which one was more of a nightmare : Middle school, or high school

admin answers:

Cant put your own pic sorry =/
when you search the words it picks out thepictures from a page that has those words on it.
If itsa more popular page, like profile.myspace.com then it will have better results and will more than likely come up first.

And highschool even tho i havent finished its already worse than middle.

Robert asks…

google images?

i was looking to make a video to put on youtube or metacafe, but need some photos. can i use google images or does this goagainst the copyright law? Also how can i tell if an image is under the copyright law?

admin answers:

You are supposed to ask them (the host of the image should be displayed when you first click the image on your search page), but the owners of it have no way of tracking you, nor does the administration of the website ever enforce such strict rules.

Not saying you should do it, but the odds of any type of “infingement” charges against you are slim to zero.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

April 16, 2012
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Thomas asks…

Do I have Brain Cancer/Heart Problems?

Basically
I am male, 35, England.
Good health, relatively fit. Exercise regularly.

This is not a regular complaint, just an “every so often” complaint

Every so often I go through spells where i just dont feel right. I feel uncomfortable driving as my eyes seem to be lazy….likewise watching tv. I also can feel very very slight nausea. Never got sick, just very slight nausea. I might get very light headaches at seperate times. Nothing regular mind. Sometimes get light tingling in my finger tips. Sometimes have to squint reading or watching tv. I have glasses for the last 2 years. These things happen with or without them

This might not happen for months, then i might get it again for a few weeks then gone again for months. Its most likely eye strain/Stress i think.

I have been tested for so many things down the years that eventually my Doc had to sit me down and tell me i was a hypochindriac and to stop stressing. (i have thought i had every cancer known to man, i thought i was diabetic, i thought i was having a heart attack, thought i had a tumor so the doc looked at me and an opthometrist did an eye test, i have had 3 ulstrasounds on various parts of my body etc etc) That was embarrassing. Maybe its eye strain, maybe its stress, maybe i have a brain tumour? My dad died young of a Brain Tumor (51)and I never received counselling and this could all be connected I i guess.

There is no history of heart problems in my family whatsoever and i have healthy cholesterol levels and regular Blood Pressure.

Am I dying :( or am i as my doc says, a hypochondriac?

admin answers:

I know exactly how you feel, I can be a hypochondriac too. When I get slight symptoms of something I search the web for possible things it could be and when I look I ignore all the silly little things and automatically think its something terrible like cancer.
The best thing to do is trust your body and your doctor. We all have times when we don’t feel well or right in ourselves, but it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong. Also, remember that many conditions overlap, where a symptom of cancer can also be a symptom for something extremely silly like a common cold!
If you did have anything wrong with your heart, an ECG would have confirmed it and so would your doctor. And if you had cancer, it would have been detected by all the tests you’ve since had.
I just want you to know that you’re not alone, hypochondria is a horrible thing and many people don’t understand when you freak out over the things that seem so silly to them.

Daniel asks…

Am i sick? Am I dying?

Basically
I am male, 35, England.
Good health, relatively fit. Exercise regularly.

This is not a regular complaint, just an “every so often” complaint

Every so often I go through spells where i just dont feel right. I feel uncomfortable driving as my eyes seem to be lazy….likewise watching tv. I also can feel very very slight nausea. Never got sick, just very slight nausea. I might get very light headaches at seperate times. Nothing regular mind. Sometimes get light tingling in my finger tips. Sometimes have to squint reading or watching tv. I have glasses for the last 2 years. These things happen with or without them

This might not happen for months, then i might get it again for a few weeks then gone again for months. Its most likely eye strain/Stress i think.

I have been tested for so many things down the years that eventually my Doc had to sit me down and tell me i was a hypochindriac and to stop stressing. (i have thought i had every cancer known to man, i thought i was diabetic, i thought i was having a heart attack etc etc) That was embarrassing. Maybe its eye strain, maybe its stress, maybe i have a brain tumour? My dad died young of a Brain Tumor (51)and I never received counselling and this could all be connected I i guess.

There is no history of heart problems in my family whatsoever and i have healthy cholesterol levels and regular Blood Pressure.

Am I dying :( or am i as my doc says, a hypochondriac?

admin answers:

It’s possible, always, that they’re missing something.

But, if you’ve done all the right things…and it sounds like you have…you need to try to get past this and on with enjoying your life. Even if you ARE dying of something exotic the doctors can’t find, you need to try to enjoy the life that is in front of you. You might be hit by a bus tomorrow.

I do think this seems potentially related to the situation with your father. If you’re not able to shake these feelings on your own, you might want to look into some short-term therapy just to work through those issues.

Jenny asks…

why does my head feels cloudy all the time?

I get a good nights sleep, get up and drive to office (45 min) and by the time i am there I am not fresh any more. My head feels cloudy and I feel lazy. Then I go on to use my computer for the rest of the day and by the time its evening I am completely exhausted. I thought i need a vacation, but a recent 4 week vacation did nothing to improve my condition.
Could it be that i need glases? I never feel that my eyes are weak.
My diet seems to be alright and I do exercise regularly.
I went to the doctor recently and got my self checked up completely. The diagnosis- I am perfect.
Any help to clear up my head?

admin answers:

Needing glasses (but not having them) can make you woozy and give you a headache. Definitely see the doctor to be on the safe side.

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